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    Hunter Dozier will try to notch his 100th hit of the season (he has 99) when the Kansas City Royals (58-87) play the Boston Red Sox (70-75) on Sunday at 1:35 PM ET. The Royals are underdogs (+163) versus the Red Sox (-195). Boston’s Nick Pivetta starts against Kansas City’s Kris Bubic.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Red Sox vs. Royals

    • Game Day: Sunday, September 18, 2022
    • Game Time: 1:35 PM ET
    • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
    • Stadium: Fenway Park
    Red Sox vs Royals Betting Information
    Favorite Favorite Moneyline Total
    Red Sox -195 9.5

    Red Sox Stats & Trends

    Red Sox Batting

    • The Red Sox rank 21st in MLB play with 136 total home runs.
    • The Red Sox have the fifth-best batting average in the majors (.257).
    • The Red Sox are seventh in baseball with a .319 on-base percentage.
    • The Red Sox strike out 8.5 times per game, the No. 18 average in the league.
    • The Red Sox average 1.1 homers per home game this season (77 total at home).
    • The Red Sox are averaging 3.5 extra-base hits per game while slugging .432 at home.
    • The team averages 9.1 hits per game and is batting .266 at home this season.

    Red Sox Key Batters

    • Rafael Devers leads Boston in total hits (144) this season while batting .287 with 65 extra-base hits.
    • Devers is 22nd in batting average, 37th in on-base percentage, and 10th in slugging among qualifying hitters in the majors.
    • Devers has hit safely in three games in a row. In his last five games he is hitting .211 with a double, two walks and an RBI.
    • Xander Bogaerts leads the Red Sox with an OPS of .852. He has a slash line of .315/.382/.470 this season.
    • Bogaerts’ batting average is fifth among qualified players, his on-base percentage seventh, and his slugging percentage 29th.
    • Alex Verdugo is batting .281 with a .400 slugging percentage and 66 RBI this year.
    • Tommy Pham has 16 home runs, 56 RBI and a batting average of .242 this season.

    Royals Stats & Trends

    Royals Batting

    • The Royals rank 28th in Major League Baseball with just 121 home runs as a team.
    • The Royals rank 15th in MLB with a .242 team batting average.
    • The Royals have an on-base percentage of .305 this season, which ranks 23rd in the league.
    • The Royals are one of the most disciplined teams at the plate this season, ranking 10th with an average of eight strikeouts per game.
    • They have averaged 0.9 home runs per game in their 71 road contests this season.
    • In 71 road games this season, they’re slugging .361 with 176 hits going for extra bases.
    • In 71 road games this season, they have a batting average of .230 while averaging 7.8 base hits per contest.

    Royals Key Batters

    • Bobby Witt Jr. has put up a team-high slugging percentage (.436) while leading the Royals in hits (131).
    • Including all qualified hitters, Witt Jr. ranks 84th in batting average, while his on-base percentage ranks 124th and he is 61st in slugging.
    • Witt Jr. brings a two-game hitting streak into this game. During his last five outings he is hitting .238 with two doubles and three RBI.
    • MJ Melendez paces his team with a .317 on-base percentage.
    • Melendez is currently 126th in batting average, 90th in on-base percentage and 100th in slugging percentage among all qualified hitters.
    • Salvador Perez is batting .247 with 18 doubles, a triple, 21 home runs and 15 walks.
    • Michael A. Taylor is hitting .263 with nine doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 34 walks.

    Red Sox vs. Royals Probable Pitchers

    Pivetta Bubic
    29 GS 24
    9-11 W-L 2-12
    4.31 ERA 5.55
    160.2 IP 116.2
    61 BB 55
    153 SO 94

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